Lenten Devotional: March 17 | Mark 4:21-34

Thursday, March 17, 2022 | Mark 4:21-34

The Mustard Seed


“The kingdom of God, the realm of God, God’s vision for justice and peace—is profuse. Jesus surprises his hearers by using a mustard seed as a metaphor. Everyone knew that mustard was invasive and one would never plant it in a garden. Perhaps Jesus is telling them that a tiny packet of God’s yearning for peace has the potential to grow like a tree and even upset an order of oppression!… For something even as small as a seed of love, can have transforming power and create an environment where others long to reside…”

Hochhalter, Cara B. A Parable – The Mustard Seed, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=59282 [retrieved February 23, 2022]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus, 2019.